If he plays so well in games, you might wonder if he needs to practice that hard.”
After Chelf's second touchdown pass of the game, a 7-yard toss to Blake Jackson, Stinchcomb said, “Twice now we've seen him really put it into a tight window, throwing over coverage.”
He called freshman Josh Stewart, who caught five passes for 56 yards and returned a punt 64 yards, the Big 12's best returning receiver next season.
* Purdue dropped numerous passes, prompting studio analyst Dan Hawkins, a former Colorado coach, to poke fun at the Boilermakers at halftime. “It looked like Purdue was trying to catch rattlesnakes throwing the ball.”
* In a booth interview in the third quarter, the announcers grilled new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell on why he decided to coach Kent State in its bowl game Jan. 6 against Arkansas State. Hazell noted the tightness with his players and the fact the Golden Flashes hadn't been to a bowl in 40 years.
Asked about Purdue's dismal performance, Hazell said, “Too many turnovers and missed opportunities. When you're playing a good football team like Oklahoma State, it's hard.”
* ESPNU cameras caught NFL standouts Dez Bryant (OSU) and Drew Brees (Purdue) smiling on their team's sidelines.
* The broadcast offered few crowd shots and no panoramic shots, an indication of the poor turnout (listed as 48,313) at the Cotton Bowl.